All the books, websites and friendly advice in the world won’t fully prepare you for what you’ll experience during pregnancy. Among the common, but lesser talked about symptoms of pregnancy is nosebleeds. While they’re typically not a sign of trouble, they certainly can be frustrating and often a little unnerving for the first-time expectant mom.
During the nine months that you’re carrying your baby, your body will produce significantly more blood than normal – up to 50 percent more than the average female. This extra blood is needed to support nourishment to the baby and to keep your own enlarged organs healthy. But it can be taxing on deli
cate blood vessels. Added pressure that extra blood places on vessel walls can cause them to burst and cause a nosebleed.
The good news is that these nosebleeds generally are harmless to you and your baby. And while the increased blood supply may slow down the clotting process, your nosebleed will stop on its own.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent or minimize nosebleeds during your pregnancy:
- Boost your fluid intake. This will help keep your nostrils hydrated and reduce the chance of nosebleeds.
- Lubricate your nostrils. Just a small amount of petroleum or water-based jelly swept across the inner skin of your nose with a Q-tip will help keep them from drying out.
- If you have to sneeze, open your mouth. Closing your mouth while sneezing places enough pressure on the nose to start a bleed.
There are a few instances in which a nosebleed may warrant a doctor’s attention. If a nosebleed occurs after an expectant mother hits her head, or of a bleed doesn’t stop within 20 minutes, see a doctor immediately.
If your nosebleeds persist or become overwhelming, specialists at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat can help. Contact us at 904-461-6060 or via our online email form.